Support Courageous Sailing – Order Gill Merchandise

Gill North America and Courageous Sailing have partnered to bring quality sailing gear to the Courageous community! For details on what Gill merchandise you can get through Courageous Sailing, please call 617.242.3821 or email lindsey@courageoussailing.org

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Why order through Courageous?

When you buy Gill merchandise through Courageous, you not only get the gear to go with your sailing lifestyle, you also donate money at the same time. Every time you order through us, we get to keep some of the profit to help continue our work of providing a US Sailing certified program to Boston’s youth each summer.

How exactly does it work?

Head over to www.gillna.com to check out their products, or stop by Courageous to look through our Gill catalog. When you’ve decided on what you want to order, you can contact our office manager with the item number, size, color, quantity and your payment information.

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Email Lindsey or call her at (617) 242-3821 ext 11 to put in your order. She processes the orders to Gill, and the products are shipped directly to your home.

Order for the holidays today!

What are you waiting for?  You can order for yourself or buy gifts for the holidays.  Shipping is an additional flat fee of $6 per order.  If you want your products to be shipped in time for Christmas, remember to place your orders by Dec 10!

Show off your Courageous pride!

And don’t forget – you can even get many items embroidered with the Courageous logo!  The charge for embroidery is an additional $4.95.

Just remember to add extra time to the delivery to account for the embroidery – those orders should be placed by December 5th, if you want them in time for the holidays.

Please do not hesitate to call and ask us about our partnership with Gill !!

Call 617.242.3821 or email
lindsey@courageoussailing.org !!

 

 

coastalCoastal Navigation

$400 ($360 for members) 

Boat Show Special: $360

Next course starts February 24th and runs every Tuesday and Thursday 6:30-9pm for 6 sessions. 

Click Book Now to buy AND schedule your course. Click Buy Now to purchase, but schedule at a later date. Click Redeem to schedule a course you previously purchased. 

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The material in our Coastal Navigation course is something every sailor needs to know to deepen their relationship with the ocean.  Graduates will be able to plot routes and chart their own courses with confidence.  Whether you are a Basic Keelboat grad itching to explore every nook and cranny of the Harbor Islands, or you are a long-time cruiser grown too attached to your GPS and not sure if you'd be ready to plot a quick fix and course to steer should the batteries die and the fog roll in, this is the course for you.

The knowledge you will gain (including dead reckoning, running fixes, set and drift calculations, danger bearings) not only exceeds the standards for the Coast Guard "Six Pack" Captain's license, but are musts for any real navigator. Your toolkit will include sharp pencils (and erasers!), paper charts, parallel rulers, dividers, a hand bearing compass, as wells as your course textbook and other valuable publications.

Course size will be limited to 12 students to ensure everyone gets as much personal attention as possible.  The fee is $400, or $360 for Courageous members, and includes the US Sailing Coastal Navigation text.  The US Sailing Certification is an additional $75.   Charts, parallel rulers and dividers are provided for classroom use only, but can be purchased inexpensively  for those who would like to take their toolkits home at the end of the course. 

Note that unlike all other Courageous courses, this is primarily a classroom based course.  Trust us, there's a lot to cover and the classroom is the best place for most of it.  However, navigation practice cruises to put your new skills to work will be highly encouraged and can be scheduled separately.

Step 5: Instructor Training

The IIT program is an intensive job-training program designed to take young sailors from student to instructor during an eight-week summer session.  Full completion of the IIT program typically takes two summers.  This program will help you master your sailing skills, build your confidence on the water and as a leader, bring together you and your peers as a formidable sailing instruction team.  The IIT program will also prepare you for the industry-standard US Sailing Level 1 instructor certification course by introducing you to some basic instruction techniques and giving you the opportunity to apply them by helping to teach the Courageous Step 1/2 Programs at all three of our sites!

Learn more here

Age 12 and up
Swim Requirement Must supply proof of ability to swim 75 feet and tread water for 90 seconds. Students may also be subject to on-site "swim-check" and "capsize recovery test." Download our Proof of Swimming Ability Form here.
Experience Requiment Open to Step 4 students from prior summers, those who have "graduated" from Step 3, and those who are new to Courageous but have gained equivalent sailing experience elsewhere.
Limits One 3-week session per child per summer
2015 Dates
  • Session 1: Mon 7/6 - Thu 7/23 (weekdays, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm)
  • Session 2: Tue 7/28 - Fri 8/14 (weekdays, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm)
Locations Charlestown only
Cost $600 (fee is based on a sliding scale; 10% off for siblings) 

Course Description

Step 4 is an Advanced Sailing course offered to children ages 12-and-up from throughout the Greater Boston Area. Each session of Step 4 lasts three weeks, and students frequently repeat this step for a number of summers. During this time, they apply the skills mastered in Step 3 to take on more complex challenges, like competing in local regattas and cruising out to the Boston Harbor Islands for overnight camping trips.

Step 3: Intermediate Sailing

Age 10 and up
Swim Requirement Must supply proof of ability to swim 75 feet and tread water for 90 seconds. Students may also be subject to on-site "swim-check" and "capsize recovery test." Download our Proof of Swimming Ability Form here.
Experience Requiment Open to Step 3 students from previous summers, those who passed the basic sailing test and "graduated" Step 2, and those who are new to Courageous but have gained equivalent sailing experience elsewhere.
Limits One 3-week session per child per summer
2015 Dates
  • Session 1: Mon 7/6 - Thu 7/23 (weekdays, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm)
  • Session 2: Tue 7/28 - Fri 8/14 (weekdays, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm)

*drop off begins at 9:15 am; extended day option available (see FAQ)

Locations Charlestown only
Cost $550 (fee is based on a sliding scale; 10% off for siblings)

Course Description

Step 3 is an Intermediate Sailing course offered to children ages 10-and-up from throughout the Greater Boston Area. Each session of Step 3 lasts three weeks, and students typically repeat this Step for a number of summers. During this time, they master fundamental sailing skills as they begin to sail more independently on Boston Harbor, increasingly without a sailing instructor aboard. By this level, students must be proficient swimmers, as they are being using boats that can capsize. Please refer to the registration FAQ section for more details.

 

Age 9 and up
Swim Requirement Must supply proof of ability to swim 75 feet and tread water for 90 seconds. Download our Proof of Swimming Ability Form here.
Experience Requiment Open only to students returning to Courageous who have already completed at least one summer of Step 1, "Swim-Sail-Science," Camp Harbor View, or Summer Learning Project
Limits One 3-week session per child per summer.
2015 Dates
  • Session 1: Mon 7/6 - Thu 7/23 (weekdays, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM)
  • Session 2: Tue 7/28 - Fri 8/14 (weekdays, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

*drop off begins at 9:15 AM; extendedday option available (see FAQ)

Locations Charlestown only
Cost $550 (fee is based on a sliding scale; 10% off for siblings)

Course Description

Step 2 is a Beginner Sailing course offered to children ages 9-and-up from throughout the Greater Boston Area who are interested in learning more about sailing. Each session of Step 2 lasts three weeks, and students typically repeat this Step for a number of summers. During this time, they develop fundamental sailing skills, in preparation for more independent sailing in Step 3.

Please note: Due to high demand, enrollment in Step 2 is strictly limited to those who have already participated in one of the Courageous Summer programs. Please refer to the registration and FAQ section for more details.

Age 8 and up
Swim Requirement Must supply proof of ability to swim 75 feet and tread water for 90 seconds. Download our Proof of Swimming Ability Form here.
Experience Requiment No experience necessary. New sailors welcome.
Limits One session per child per summer. Each session is 4 days long.
Daily Schedule

9:30 AM - 3:30 PM*

*drop off begins at 9:15 AM; extended day option available (see FAQ)

2015 Dates

Charlestown:

  • Mon 7/13 - Thu 7/16
  • Mon 7/20 - Thu 7/23
  • Tue 7/28 - Fri 7/31
  • Mon 8/2 - Thu 8/6
  • Mon 8/10 - Thu 8/13
  • Mon 8/17 - Thu 8/20 (Charlestown residents only!)

 

Jamaica Pond (Boston residents only - proof of residency required!):

  • Mon 7/13 - Thu 7/16
  • Mon 7/20 - Thu 7/23
  • Tue 7/28 - Fri 7/31
  • Mon 8/2 - Thu 8/6
Locations Charlestown and Jamaica Pond
Cost $200 (fee is based on a sliding scale)

Course Description

Step 1 is our "Sailing 101" course, offered to children ages 8-and-up from throughout the Greater Boston Area. Each student attends Step 1 for one four day session. During this time they are introduced to the basics of sailing theory and are exposed to boating on Boston Harbor. Students are taught through a fun, high-energy, game-based approach, learning aboard stable keelboats, Rhodes-19s. No prior sailing experience necessary, though all students must be able to demonstrate a minimum level of swimming competency. Please refer to the registration FAQ section for more details. At Jamaica Pond, students will use a combination of rowboats, small sailboats, and kayaks.

 

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Commitment to Safety

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Commitment to Safety

At Courageous we place tremendous importance on safety. We are constantly taking measures to impress upon our students that a safe sailor is a good sailor. Below is a partial listing of our safety regulations, rigorous guidelines that have given Courageous one of the best safety records on Boston Harbor.

  1. Life jackets must be worn at all times while on the dock. No student is allowed throug the dock gate without a life jacket.
  2. Most of our instructors are US Sailing Instructor Certified and all have attended Courageous training programs.
  3. A head instructor is always on duty to supervise operations.
  4. A safety launch accompanies all classes with at least one launch on stand-by at the Courageous pier.
  5. Our student-to-instructor ratio is 3:1 — one of the best in the industry.
  6. All launches are equipped with VHF radios for fast communication with each other, the boathouse, and if necessary the Boston Harbor Police and US Coast Guard.
  7. Courageous has a conservative foul weather policy. Boats are recalled or kept at the dock in bad weather and forecasts are monitored constantly.
  8. All students in the program must be able to swim at least 25 yards and tread water for 90 seconds.